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Expert Warns We’re Still Unprepared for Sandy-Like Event

Expert Warns We’re Still Unprepared for Sandy-Like Event

When he realized that Hurricane Sandy was on track for a direct hit on the New York metropolitan area, and that the storm would almost certainly be making landfall at high tide, Klaus Jacob went into high gear. “First,” he recalled nearly a year later, sitting in a bright, modern conference room near his office at Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth … Read More

Natural Gas, Efficiency Fuel U.S. Carbon Emissions Decline

Natural Gas, Efficiency Fuel U.S. Carbon Emissions Decline

U.S. carbon dioxide emissions related to energy consumption dropped to their lowest point since 1994 last year, according to a U.S. Energy Information Administration report released Monday afternoon. The decline of coal as a power source in favor of natural gas in the U.S. is a big part of that decline, the EIA reported.… Read More

Sandy A Warning Rising Seas Threaten Nuclear Plants

Sandy A Warning Rising Seas Threaten Nuclear Plants

No nuclear power plant in Sandy’s path was in imminent danger of a meltdown, but the storm surge lashing beneath the nuclear plants closest to Sandy’s point of landfall served as a warning that rising seas and higher storm surges driven by climate change could eventually have a devastating effect on the seven low-lying nuclear power generating site… Read More

Relocation for Aussie Wildlife Threatened by Climate

Relocation for Aussie Wildlife Threatened by Climate

Australian researchers have developed the “first rigorous framework” on how to relocate animals displaced due to climate change. The study, conducted by academics from four Australian universities and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), devised a formula on how to decide whether to relocate a species, which spe… Read More

Fall Foliage, Hurricanes, and Bushfires

Fall Foliage, Hurricanes, and Bushfires

A visual tour of the top six climate news stories of the week. … Read More

Over 90 Percent in Europe’s Cities Breathe Dangerous Air

Over 90 Percent in Europe’s Cities Breathe Dangerous Air

More than 90 percent of people living in European cities breathe air that the UN's World Health Organization says leads to respiratory problems, heart disease and shortened lives, according to a study published on Tuesday. But because EU legal limits or targets for some pollutants still lag well behind UN recommendations, most countries have been … Read More

Australia’s Bushfire Season Turns Sydney’s Skies Orange

Australia’s Bushfire Season Turns Sydney’s Skies Orange

Hot, dry, and windy weather whipped up wildfires across the Australian state of new South Wales on Thursday. That caused a deep haze to descend over Sydney and spurred the deployment of hundreds of firefighters across the region. Smoke from the fires blanketed Sydney on Thursday. Surreal images from Quartz show eerie orange skies framing the downt… Read More

Shutdown Could Delay NOAA Satellites, Climate Report

Shutdown Could Delay NOAA Satellites, Climate Report

The 16-day government shutdown may have ripple effects throughout the government’s weather and climate programs. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has begun assessing whether the shutdown will cause further delays to its already troubled development of the next generation of weather and climate satellites. The satellites, w… Read More